Ricks Road Closed Until February 1st

The NC Department of Transportation announced today (Tuesday) that Ricks Road will be closed in both directions to local traffic now through February 1st, as part of a widening project that began in August 2018.

Ricks Road is a shortcut between US 301 and US 70 in Selma.

Last year, Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh was awarded a $3.6 million contract to widen the two-lane road to accommodate a center turn lane, improve the road’s drainage system and construct concrete curbs and gutters. Prior to road work beginning, contractors had to relocated utility lines.

The addition of a middle lane will ease congestion and make it safer for traffic to turn left. On the average day, 7,000 vehicles use Ricks Road – a figure projected to increase to 9,000 a day in 20 years.

The closure from Jan. 15 – Feb. 1st will also allow for work to take place at a railroad crossing on Ricks Road to accommodate the widening project.

The entire project is scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2020.